OZAMIZ CITY, April 19 (PIA) – Two cities in Misamis Occidental namely Ozamiz and Oroquieta are entries in this year’s Gawad Kalasag: Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and Humanitarian Assistance.
A total of 15 entries in region 10 representing local DRRMOs, hospitals, schools, early learning centers among others are being evaluated by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) from 17-20 April 2017.
During the team’s visit, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. underscored the importance of Gawad Kalasag to improve disaster risk reduction program in Ozamiz city.
He also shared his ongoing projects and plans to the RDRRMC team. He said the city is implementing zero style use in schools following Ozamiz City's Styrofoam and proper disposal regulation and P40M sanitary landfill under construction.
Meanwhile, vice mayor Princess Nova Parojinog explained that this evaluation from the RDRRMC is an opportunity to improve in terms of disaster preparedness and response from the local government.
On the other hand, in Oroquieta City, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Fernan V Marcial says rain-induced flooding top among the hazards of Oroquieta City. Around 26 brgys of 47 are flood prone. These are located along Layawan River, Paypayan River and other streams and creeks. Of this number, only 10 barangays settled along coastal area are along the delta of rivers are highly susceptible to the hazard.
However, to minimize the effects of climate change, the city government of Oroquieta has allocated P7 million worth of projects in 2017 for structural mitigation including construction and rehabilitation of drainage and river control, slope and shoreline protection, spur dikes among others.
Gawad KALASAG is the country's premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and humanitarian assistance. (JMOR/PIA10)